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How to find your iPhone when it is power off or offline?

ByMatthieu Andre 2018-12-18 71768

Has your iPhone ventured off somewhere? As iPhone became popular, the risk of getting your iPhone into wrong hands is high. To prevent any risks and locate your device, here are few tips how to find your iPhone when it is power off or offline?

ways  to find your iPhone when it is power off  

1. Enable Find my iPhone

Find My iPhone is an Application developed by Apple, allowing you to remotely track down your iOS device using your iCloud account. If you enabled Find my iPhone on your iPhone before you lost it, you can see its location on a map, lock or remote it via Apple computer, laptop or tablet. Among other things, you will know the last position of your device with Find My iPhone being offline or power off. To set up Find My iPhone on your device, please follow steps:

Step 1.Enter Settings and go to iCloud with your Apple ID.

Step 2.Enter iCloud.

Step 3.Turn on Find My iPhone and turn on Send last location in

turning on Send last location in Find My iPhone 

Find My iPhone must be installed on another Apple device in order to remotely track down your iPhone. You can download Find My iPhone from the APP store. By setting up Find My iPhone with your Apple ID and password, it will send your last location to Apple when the device is power off or offline.

2. Use iCloud

iCloud can help you get your missing device back.  By turning on Find My iPhone on laptop or desktop, you can easily track down and monitor your iPhone. To do so, please follow steps:

Step 1. Log in iCloud with your apple ID.

loging in iCloud  

Step 2. Enter Find My iPhone and select your iOs devices in all devices.

selecting iOs devices in all devices 

Step 3. Select your mode: Play sound, Lost mode or Erase iPhone.

select Lost mode 

The play sound function makes your device keep beeping until you find it. It can also vibrate if the device is online. This let you find your device wherever you misplaced it.

The lost mode function will help you to remotely track down your device outdoor, at home, etc. This function displays a message on the screen.  

Erase phone function lets you erase remotely all data on your iPhone. This protects all your information by completing destroying it.  Once your device is erased, you won’t be able to locate it anymore.

3. Use Family Sharing

Family Sharing is an Application developed by Apple and allows users to share in the family iCloud, download content purchased by using each other's Apple ID and also track missing iOs devices with Find My iPhone. After sharing location in the family iCloud, family members can help you locate your missing iPhone via another device. That is because your phone will appear in the single list in Find My iPhone. To use family sharing, please follow steps:

Step 1. Go to Settings and tap iCloud.

Step 2. Tap set up Family Sharing.

Step 3. Tap Get Started and confirm that you want to be the Family Organizer.

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Family Sharing 

If you don't share your location, family members can’t access location information about your device.

4. Locate with Google Map Timeline

Developed by Google, Google Map Timeline Application help you manage all your location history information. If you enabled the location history on your iOs device before it ventured off, you will be able to locate it remotely. Indeed, Google Timeline records all your location data, tracks the last position of your device and allows you to view history, such as location, place, time, etc. To use Google Timeline, a Google account must be set up before. Please follow steps to locate your device with Google Map Timeline:

Step 1. Open the Google Map App.

Step 2. Tap Menu and go to Settings.

Step 3. Tap Personal Content.

Personal Content 

Step 4. Scroll down to Location History Settings.

Location History Settings 

Step 5. Turn on Location Services.

turn on Location Services 

5. Call your device

If your phone is offline, you may find it by phoning. By moving to some areas nearby as you call through a landline or a friend phone, you will automatically locate your missing device. In any cases, if you can’t find your device, use another Apple device and go on one of the best phone number tracking Applications. The number tracking Application will phone and track down your device.

6. Use social media

Contact your network via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or any other social platforms and share a post about your device ventured off, power off or offline. Your contacts may know the location of your device so that you will get it back.

7. Check with local law enforcement

Report your device to local law enforcement if you can’t find it. Local law enforcement may request your serial number or IMEI of your lost device when you file the report. This will help track down your iPhone in case it gets sold to someone else or prevent any risks. To find your serial number, please click here.

8. Contact your carrier

Finally, if you can’t find your device because it is offline or power off, report your lost device to your carrier. Your carrier can disable the account, preventing phone calls, texts, and data use. Therefore, it will protect all your data until you activate the account again.

Wrap up

To conclude, there are multi-options to find an iPhone when it is power off or offline. Firstly, Apple developed different Applications such as Find My iPhone or Family Sharing which allow you or your family members to remote control your iOs device and track it using iCloud account. On other hand, turning on location history on Google Map Timeline will show you all important data such as location history, so that you will be able to find your iPhone. Finally, backup solutions such as calling your device or contacting your network are requiring if you can’t find it.


 You may also want to read:
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 How to turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone, iPad, or MacBook
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